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EPA Likely to Impose Standards on Chromium 6 (Dec 22, 2010)

WASHINGTON - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will likely tighten drinking water standards to address potential health risks of a carcinogen recently found in the tap water of 31 cities across the country, including here in Norman.

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson issued a statement today saying she’s concerned about the prevalence of the chemical hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium 6.

The Environmental Working Group previously released a study that analyzed drinking water across the country and found Norman had by far the highest levels of Chromium six, followed by Honolulu, Riverside, California and Madison Wisconsin.

The federal government's total chromium standard is 100 parts per billion. California has proposed a goal for safe limits for chromium 6 at 0.06 parts per billion.

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